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New Virginia Law Protects Personal Identifying Information of Employees

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell recently signed into law H.B. 1931, which makes it unlawful to require an employer to release to third parties certain personal identifying information about current or former employees. In the bill, personal identifying information is defined as a home telephone number, mobile telephone number, email address, shift times or work schedule. The law creates an exception for the release of such information when required by federal law, pursuant to a court order, pursuant to a warrant or as required by a subpoena in a pending court case or discovery in a civil case. The law will become effective on July 1, 2013.

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